Panel Presentation:
Antisemitism as Jew-Hatred: A Psychohistorical Enigma – Part 3
• Ian S. Miller: Psychoanalysis, a Defiantly Jewish Science (60 min)

Abstract: The bizarre term, “Jewish Science” has been applied to only two domains: Einstein’s physics and Freud’s psychoanalysis. The present paper is anchored in examination of a well-known Freudian joke indicative of multiple meanings; and explores its origins in the ambivalently Jewish cultural identity shared by Freud, Heinrich Heine, and Heine’s fictional character “Hirsch- Hyacinth.” The multiple meanings indicative of the joke parallel conflictual aspects of self in oscillation between idealization, derogation, awareness, and dissociation, conditioned by internalization of societal prejudice, traumatization, and the inescapable fact of Jewish identity. In presenting this joke fragment, Freud ticks all the boxes that designate psychoanalysis as “Jewish Science,” defiantly claiming the triumph of this implicit identity, itself originally emergent from societal hatred of Jews both external to psychoanalysis as well as internally, from within psychoanalysis.

Bio: Ian S. Miller, PhD, is a clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst and writer, based in Dublin. He is author of Clinical Spinoza: Integrating His Philosophy with Contemporary Therapeutic Practice (Routledge, 2022); Defining Psychoanalysis: Achieving a Vernacular Expression (Karnac, 2016); On Minding and Being Minded: Experiencing Bion & Beckett (Karnac, 2015); and co-author of Beckett and Bion: The (Im)patient Voice in Psychotherapy and Literature (Karnac, 2013) as well as On the Daily Work of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2018). Ian is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis.

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